Today is the first in a three part blogfest, hosted by E.R. King and Deana Barnhart.
Today we are to name a supporting character for the Killer Fiction Blogfest . October 26, list your favorite literary protagonist and the final entry on October 28, your favorite literary antagonist. There you have it, the rules. So get busy writing
My entry is on the verge of being late. I am just getting some relief from a migraine headache that I has been pretty "killer" itself. The good news is that it is going away & it is the first I have suffered in over two months ( a record for me). Is is a coincidence that it follows a slumber party weekend (not just one night) for my ten year old son's birthday? Twelve (12) ten year old boys together for an entire weekend, never a good idea.
My selection for the supporting character could just as easily be labeled the antagonist, but technically she is a supporting character so I am going with her.
She is not scary in the Halloween or Friday the 13th kind of way, but this is who first came to my mind when I first blogged about this blogfest,
Nurse Mildred Ratched:
Nurse Ratched is as horrifying to me today as she was in 1984, when I first read Ken Kessey's 1962 novel, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest. The Novel's characters were based on real life individuals whom Kesey, met while working at the V.A.
Even her name Ratched, sounding like Wretched is symbolic. She enters the novel and the psychiatric hospital ward, “with gust of cold". Nurse Ratched is in complete control over every aspect of the ward, but not as much over her own emotions. In the first few pages we see her show her hideous self to Bromden and the aides, only to quickly regain her, “doll like composure” before any patient catches a glimpse.
Nurse Mildred Ratched uses the same flat and emotionless voice to order patients to take the meds or turn off the world series as she does to order a lobotomy for McMurphy.
What makes Nurse Ratched truly frightening is her ability to use her false self to gain control over the weak. Without ever being aware of the oppression, the quiet & docile slowly become weakened & gradually are subsumed. Nurse Wratched represents to me the ability, through dishonesty to suck the life out of of another.
Looking forward to reading everyones entries. Mine will be spookier as the challenge continues...